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Watch: Public opinion on what Congress should do to make a comeback
Once a mighty political party is now in crisis. The 131-year old movement-turned political party, the Indian National Congress has ruled the country for almost six decades with very few interruptions. But, after the 2014 general elections, it now just has a meager strength of 44 MPs in the Lok Sabha out of 544 seats.

Congress lost power to the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and barely got to sit in the opposition with even less than 10 per cent of seats in the Lok Sabha, preventing it from appointing its leader of opposition which requires a party to have minimum 10 per cent seats in the house as per rules.

In the more recent Delhi Assembly elections that were held in February 2015, Congress was nowhere to be seen. Sadly, it could not even get a single seat in the state where it had ruled for an uninterrupted 15 years from 1998 to 2013. So, the Congress now remains crippled with no clue as to what to do next!

Presently, it has no new thoughts, ideas, or plausible cause of action or even direction. The oldest party of the country stands nowhere after humiliating defeats at the Centre and the state level, showing the first signs of its inevitable decline.

The last year has been a complete washout for the Congress, as its performance remained miserable in almost every assembly election, apart from a slight ray of hope in Bihar, but there too Congress was a much smaller ally of the Nitish-Lalu led Grand Alliance. The party which has continued to maintain its presence in almost every state of India since independence is beginning to lose its foothold.

If we list out a few reasons for its decline, the top most reason to emerge could be Rahul Gandhi's leadership. But is Rahul Gandhi actually to blame?

Even today, despite its grim situation, Congress does not seem to be doing much to enhance its political image. The party had to struggle a lot to sit in the opposition, but has it done justice to the role assigned to it by the people? Is Congress playing the role of an effective and sound opposition in the largest democracy of the world?

Actually, Congress has become a cynical opposition who opposes the ruling party on just about everything. Be it the recent visit of PM Modi to Pakistan or the Pathankot airbase attack. In fact Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been repeatedly trolled and taunted on the assumptions that he spends most of his time traveling to exotic destinations and spends much less time at home. Such kind of unprecedented criticism of a government's foreign policy has never been witnessed in the past in India since independence.

Notably, it is the first time in history that the opposition is not supporting the ruling government on its foreign policy. If you look back into history right from the time India became a free country and the architect of India's first foreign policy and the first Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru had gone terribly wrong with his foreign policy on China, never was he criticized by the opposition.

Congress has lately refused to cooperate with the ruling government, stalling the Parliament and blocking passage of important legislations like the GST, which are crucial for reforms and development of the nation.

Now, the question that surfaces here is, will the Congress come back into the main political arena ever again or will it vanish into history books? Here's what the people of India have to say:


Unfortunately, the reactions are saddening. People don't even feel the need of congress anymore. However, the few suggestion that came from the commoners were 'introduction of new and young leaders'. Many people feel that there is no leader in the opposition party and the present leaders are not capable. So, it needs to introduce some new leaders apart from giving significance to its old guard. "Leader is important and not the party," says a gentleman from Delhi.

It seems that, Congress' past record is also becoming a hurdle, as people feel that the party has already ruled for decades and created only negativity. "Even today, the party can not digest sitting in opposition," said a gentleman who feels that it should first let the Parliament function in a move to shun its bad image. While the youth feel that the party has to work a lot to enter into the political arena once again. Few senior citizens suggested that Congress should never introduce Rahul Gandhi as its president as he lacks leadership qualities.

But, it would be too early to judge the capabilities of the Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who never wanted to enter politics in the first place. He was literally whisked by Congressmen on their shoulders out of his house straight to the Parliament, much like his father Rajiv Gandhi once was. Even when Rajiv Gandhi had commenced his political innings in 1984, he was criticised for delivering speeches which began with, "Hum dekhenge, hum karenge", but now when he is no more, he is one of the most admired prime ministers India has ever seen. Human nature is such that we condemn more than we appreciate. So, let's hope that finally when the reins of Congress are transferred into the hands of Rahul Gandhi, he matures into a fine statesman and leader.

So for now, the party needs to make a fresh start to revamp its image in public. Presently, it should become a healthy opposition and cooperate with the government and lead the country on the path of development.

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